The festival of Attachamayam is held on the Atham day of the Malayalam
month of Chingam (August/ September), at the historical town of
Tripunithura, near Kochi. It is a celebration of a legendary victory of the
Raja of Kochi.
Pomp and colour mark the pageantry, which is replete with caparisoned
elephants, varieties of folk art forms, floats and musical ensemble. This
spectacular procession marks the beginning of the Onam Festival.
Jaggannath Festival :
Jagannatha Festival is a colourful eight-day festival, which is held in the
Malayalam month of Kumbham (February/ March) at the Jagannatha Temple at
Madathiparambu, near Thalassery in Kannur.
The idol of Lord Siva, the presiding deity was installed here by the famous
social reformer and philosopher, Sree Narayana Guru on 13th February, 1908.
The seventh day of the festival is the most auspicious.
The event highlights religious conferences participated by eminent scholars
and social reformers, elephant processions, fireworks display and cultural
Malabar Mahotsavam :
Malabar Mahotsavam is a cultural extravaganza that showcases the centuries
old rich cultural heritage of Kerala. The event is at Mananchira maidan
(ground) in the heart of Kozhikode town from 13th to 16th January every
The festival highlights musical concerts, performances of various classical
dances like Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Ottanthullal etc and ritual artforms
like Koothu, Thewam, Thira etc.
The festival is also an occasion to relish the native cuisines and enjoy
mind blowing firework displays.
Muharram is the opening month of the Hijra year. The 10th day of this month
(May) is honoured by the Muslims of Kerala. As per belief, it was on this
day that the Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, and his men
were slain at Karbala.
It is to bemoan the martyrdom of the Imam that the Muslims observe
Muharram. Fasting is an important ritual of this day.
Swathi festival :
Swathi festival is a gala event of music organised by the Government of
Kerala every year in the last week of January.
The venue is the famous Kuthiramalika Palace. Thiruvananthapuram, where
once upon a time the great poet-king of Travancore, Sri Swathi Thirunal,
composed many of his verses.
An august gathering of great maestros from all over the country celebrate
Indian classical music in all its variety and grandeur.
Indira Gandhi Boat Race :
Indira Gandhi Boat Race is a grand fest on the rolling backwaters of Kochi.
Conducted in the last week of December, it is a fitting finale to the
Tourism Fair, which attracts travellers from all parts of the globe.
The sixteen majestic snake boats racing neck to neck in gaiety and
competition to the sky-rending cheers of the multitudes, is a unique sight.
The coveted trophy of the race was instituted in memory of Indira Gandhi,
the late Prime Minister of India.
Jewish Festival :
The Jews of Kerala are believed to have migrated to this place in the first
century following the destruction of the second temple of Jerusalem in 72
The Jewish community in Kerala settled mainly in and around Mattancherry,
Kochi. The Passover Festival to commemorate the liberation of Jews from
Egyptian slavery is celebrated in April/ May every year.
The Pentecost Festival follows the Passover, and the feast of the
Tabernacles are also observed. The New Year celebration which falls in
September/ October and Hanukka, the 'festival of lights', are other popular
Sabarimala Temple festival :
The Sabarimala Temple festival is celebrated in honour of Lord Ayyapa who
is revered by all in India.
Sabarimala is a renowned pilgrim centre atop the rugged hills of the
Western Ghats. This holy shrine is dedicated to Lord Ayappa. The main
pilgrimage is undertaken between November and January.
There are two main rituals called the Mandal Puja and the Makara Sankranti
Puja, which is celebrated from November to mid-January in Keral